illegal Human Organ Trafficking Network Uncovered In Egypt
Among those held were doctors, nurses, middlemen and organ-buyers, involved in what the ministry described as the largest organ-trafficking network exposed in Egypt to date.
“The accused who were arrested exploited the economic situation of some Egyptians and the suffering of some patients and their need for treatment to take large financial sums from them, thus breaking the law,” the ministry said in a statement.
It said the investigation, which involved the Health Ministry and Administrative Control Authority, a powerful anti-corruption body, focused on a group of private hospitals and health centres, both licensed and unlicensed, where transplants and organ harvesting took place.
It said those premises had been shut by authorities while doctors involved were suspended from practice pending investigation by public prosecutors, Reuters reports.
Some of the doctors arrested worked at well-known institutions including the medical faculties of Cairo and Ain Shams universities, Egypt’s two largest state universities.
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